The fruit that eats flies

The humble tomato, although thoroughly welcome in a salad or on a pizza, is technically a fruit. This is a widely spread fact, but the tomato’s killer habits are still somewhat secret.

Tomato plant stems are covered in tiny branches. Any passing flies that land on a tasty tomato plant in in for a nasty surprise. Flies become trapped in the stiff hair-like fibres that grow from the stem. The trapped insects die and then fall to the ground. The decomposing body of these flies enriches the soil, and the plant takes in the newly added nutrients. It’s the perfect murder.

 

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